CrossFit, in it’s most primal sense, is about competition. This goes hand in hand with the most primal instincts of human beings – we are competitive by our very nature. The idea of ‘survival of the fittest’ is based here – beat out the caveman next to you in a footrace away from a jungle animal and you make it to see the next day. Don’t, and well…you know where this is going.
Clearly we’ve progressed beyond that archaic nature where we’re literally competing to live. Well, at least where we live anyways.
But in the gym, competition is what leads to such great results. Competition with your neighbor, with the clock, and most importantly yourself, is why our program is so successful.
Now, I know what many of you (particularly the ladies) may be thinking: “But I don’t want to compete. I’m just there for myself. I just want to get a good workout and sweat a little.” Puh-lease! I’ve known the vast majority of you for quite some time now so I can say this with absolute certainty – you are ALL competitive to some degree. Especially the ladies! I’ve never seen, nor been more proud, of a group of gals that come to check the board before and after each WOD to see where they fall in comparison to their peers. Every one of you has that one (or two, or ten) person that you’re quietly comparing yourself to. You may not voice it and may even think that nobody notices…but I do…and I LOVE it!
I recently exchanged a series of emails with Jay about the idea of getting as many people as possible involved in the local competition scene. He summed it up nicely: “I am a fan of competition. This type of stress makes others in life easier to deal with. It provides a mental aim-point for improvement. [Competitions] also serve as big WODs we need to [help us] realize our weaknesses.”
With that being said, I want to encourage you to register for an upcoming event on Januray 26th – The TNL Fitness Challenge. As with most competitions, they offer multiple levels to compete at: RX, Scaled, Masters, Male, and Female.
I will be there, as your coach, to help keep you ready, grounded, and focused throughout the events.
If you are concerned that you may not be ready and/or able, then come see me or Jay next time you’re at the box and we’ll talk about it.
When you’re part of a triathlon club, you do Triathlons as a team. When you’re part of a running group, you do 5k’s and 1/2’s and full marathons as a team. Well, you are NOW part of a CrossFit club – so why not do a CrossFit competition with others on your team???
Back Squat – 4×5 @ 70%
Hip Internal Rotation
50′ Burpee Broad Jump
100 Double Unders